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All Play a Part

Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-20

Our bodies have many parts, but the many parts make up only one body when they are all put together. So it is with the "Body" of Christ. Each of us is a part of the one body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves and some are free. But the Holy Spirit has fitted us all together into one body. We have been baptized into Christ's body by the one Spirit, and have all been given that same Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12: 12-13 (TLB)

Just as there are many parts to our bodies, so it is with Christ's body. We are all parts of it, and it takes every one of us to make it complete, for we each have different work to do. So we belong to each other, and each needs all the others.

Romans 12: 4-5 (TLB)

Paula May Scott lives in Florida. As she sat in church, her heart was touched by the sight and sound of the handbell choir. Golden bells, lined up from smallest to largest, sat upon linen-dressed tables. Behind the bells stood white-gloved choir members, poised to life their bells on cue from their conductor. With precision, each bell pealed with clarity - echoing throughout the church. Together they rang the most beautiful music Paula had every experienced. She felt that God must surely be pleased with this joyful noise made, "unto the LORD" (Ps. 98:4, KJV).

It then occurred to Paula how much the handbell choir is like the church itself - the body of Christ (see Eph. 1:22-23). The apostle Paul compares the church to the human body and tells us that each member is as important as the others. All play an important role in strengthening and supporting the body of Christ to serve God. And just as the handbell choir needs its conductor to guide them to work in unity, so we need Jesus to guide us.

Paula now understands that however insignificant we feel our part to be, each role is of great importance to Christ. When we complement the work of others using the gifts given us, we make a joyful and pleasing noise unto our Lord!

Prayer: Dear Lord, bless us as we serve your kingdom, and strengthen us in our efforts. Give us hearts to encourage one another as we remember that the efforts of all are equally important in your sight, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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